Scotland's 'danger to life' warning from Met Office over tropical storm

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

Meteorologists say Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to enter the central Caribbean Sea this weekend.

All watches and warnings that had been issued on neighboring islands were canceled Thursday.

Winds of up to 80mph are forecast to hit Dumfries and Galloway from Monday night when the United Kingdom is battered by Storm Helene.

Florence, however, continues to threaten the east coast as a fierce storm that could trigger flooding as far south as Georgia.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 6 inches across Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, especially over elevated terrain.

Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour, and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected for the next few days.

Isaac weakened into a tropical storm Monday and by Tuesday recorded maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

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Given the lack of deep convection to sustain the cyclone, continual gradual weakening is expected.

Surf swells generated by Isaac are affecting portions of the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricane Helene, which is brewing out in the Atlantic, is expected to hit the Azores islands on Saturday, and the effects should be felt on all the islands, especially the western ones, according to the Portuguese Met Office, the IPMA.

At 8 a.m., the center of the storm was 25 miles east of Dominica.

After forecast models showed steering currents collapsing as the storm nears the Carolina coast Tuesday, forecasters shifted the track slightly south.

Helene is among a glut of tropical storms brewing in the region, with mass evacuations under way in southern USA states as Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas. While early on Wednesday the odds of it forming dropped, by afternoon forecasters had again increased the chance to 70 percent over two days.

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